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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve heard us say repeatedly to report scams to the FTC. If you report scams to us, we can bring the kinds of cases that shut down the scammers.

But there’s another place to report international scams, too: Maybe you’ve done business with an overseas company that hasn’t lived up to its end of the deal. Perhaps you got “winning” lottery notices from another country, or got asked to send money overseas to secure your international job. If you’ve spotted a scam that crosses international borders, you can file a report at


The site is run by the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN), and is a partnership of 34 consumer protection agencies around the world. Starting today, an updated version of the site is available – it’s mobile-friendly, has a user-friendly complaint form, and you can get consumer information and file complaints in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish, and Turkish.

Whether you use a smart phone, tablet or other mobile device, your complaints to help consumer protection agencies around the globe – including the FTC – spot trends, conduct investigations, bring cases and prevent international scams. You also can learn practical steps to help combat fraud and get news from ICPEN members, including case announcements.

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i had a friend request on my facebook so i requested it we talk i ask him if this is his real pic that i do post on facebook scam alert, well we started talking bit then he ask me for my credit card number and the name on my credit card experation date and three number on the back, i told him i dont have a credit card. then he ask me for my bank account all the infomation security question, i told him i dont have bank account it been closed for a long time. but when i ask him if we can talk and video chat he told me his phone is broke that he cant video chat or take pic on his phone. when i look up his phone number to see who the owner it show nothing on file so i reverse the phone number it show it fix landline phone number that they have badwith there useing. when he text sound like he from uk. but dont know the real owner, he is black maleing me that if i dont send him the funds he will post my pic online with my information.

i was a victim of an online fraud, i lost 1045 dollars and would really appreciate if someone can help me find a way to report the person who did this. thanks

You should avoid buying anything from the site in UK named Complete Care Network Ltd, After ordering items from this site I got very ambiguous emails saying they were holding my order as they don't ship out of the UK "right now". I stronly suspect this is a scamming site to get your name and credit card info and then withholds goods to sell your information. Be VERY cautious.

Company is Burst Color: First, this company is located in China but you do not know this until after you have ordered and paid and then try to track the package. This order was for a bra. The sizing is wrong. I order the D which is what the size charts said to get for a D or DD. It was way too small. There was a stain on one of the cups right in the center of it and after days of emailing back and forth where I requested a refund this is what they said: Customer Support Agent (Burst Color) Sep 13, 5:37 PM HKT Hello Linda, Thank you for patiently waiting. We have receive feedback from our team. Our team said that the stain of the item is not considered as damage. We would also like to offer you 10% discount in your next purchase. BURST10OFF. I had ordered 3 things from them, and the other 2 still have not arrived, and they will probably not fit, and be cheaply made. Do not buy from this company!!!!

One client came on upwork , asked me to chat via skype, and asked me about my work. after some days he contacted me again and asked for a favor. I will send the screen shots via google drive. He hired me and sent me payment as bonus for 2 times, when i was expecting for get paid, upwork is showing pending payments and also showing his payment method is unverified. If his payment method is unverified thne how he hired me and paid for $750 first time and $860 for second time. Upwork sent me emails that have earned above $500 from the client, David Arculeta both times, he posted a job as Andrew Arculeta. If he had unverified payment method then how he hired me and paid on upwork. now payments are still in pending. He is still on upwork as Andrew Arculeta and interviewing other persons. He has posted 2 jobs.

Please , in his favour I sent $1120 to his offline employee in UAE via westren Union. I was satisfied when upwork sent me emails that I have earned money from client. But I earned nothing , everything ia fake.

Ahmm well I almost got scam by the name Capt. Cliffdan Renford he was so very sweet talking man like every woman wants him. He did not asked money from the very first start but when the time comes 1month after, I was just confused coz he told me he sents already package but I never asked him to do so, He gave me the tracking # which is the company gave to him. So I tracked it if it is true and then I can see everything but hesitating, some fields is missings.
I wait almost 1week for the package to arrive but nothing. After a few days someone is texting me and it's from BOC(bereau of customs) it says that my package have arrived and I need to pay for the taxes from it. I'm trying to call the # the one texted me, after severals of calling the lady answered the phone. She said You can pay it through BDO in Smart Money account through our staff in Billing Section. Account number: 5299 6761 5646 9104 Account name: Angeline S. U Amount: 10,000 Php. through BDO with smartmoney. So after that I realize I almost got scam and I never pay for the money they told me.

I was almost a victim to scam that would've landed me in prison. I was hired as a trip operator for Nordatlant Rejsr and my manager was Henrik Rohdemeier. Part of the job required me to receive checks from customers to my address written to my name and I would have to cash check and send the money through money Gram to their office in Russia. This is money laundering!! He is persistent and plays mind games but don't!!

DO NOT GET CAUGHT IN THE SCAM of Control-Finance in London claiming it can make you money on Bitcoin. I did. I bought $5000 of Bitcoin from a dealer in Zoregon, USA, then transferred it into Control-Finance. They immediately acknowledged its receipt, followed by the funds disappearing in 2 days along, along with over $119M dollars from Others

I feel as If I am being scammed by a man on facebook by the name of Earnest Statham Stog He is asking me to send him money, personal information and credit card number

Claims he lives and owns a house in Miami where his 8 year old son who is staying with a nanny He claims to work for a government agency as a pilot Also claims he has a lot of money in the bank somewhere here in Florida but can't touch it and now he claims he is stuck stranded in Africa

I get the feeling he is trying to scam me into sending him money I want to know who I can talk to to help stop these stupid games I am not going to send him anything

It's good to be cautious about people you meet online.

Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people. Some even use stolen pictures of real military personnel. They profess their love quickly. They may tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money for themselves or family members. They want to steal your money.

Other romance scammers attempt to involve their victims in online bank fraud. The scammers set up dating profiles to meet people. After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account. The scammer transfers stolen money into the new account, and ask the victim to wire the money out of the country. Victims think they’re helping their soulmate, and don't realize they're aiding and abetting a crime.

That same guy messaged me a few days ago but hasn't asked for money yet

That same guy is messaging me these long messages about love and he sent me messages how he send people money in South Africa ........ the he send me a message about helping young girls out there and send me the info fatoba olalekan state ado elitist country Nigeria zip 360101 in case I ever wanted to help with young girls in Nigeria ! He says he's divorced and has two homes one in Miami and one in calif and his ex is a model ! Pretty crazy

He did the same thing to me ! He asked me to put money on a iTunes card for his sons birthday because he was flying to China ! I’m wondering why the nanny could do it ! He also gave me a Address to a place in Nigeria that he wanted me to send money to help out young girls that where getting killed and raped ! I’m pretty sure his picture is not who he really is ! He talked about not getting along with his ex then the next day she was dead in a car accident ! He halos mentioned he was in a plane crash and that why he asked you for money ! Total scam artist

The same thing just happened to me. Says he's a pilot working for the Dubai government.Says he's from Portugal but lives in the US. Progressing his love after only talking to me thru messenger for 2 days.. He also told me that he has a house in Miami FL and in LA California. He ask me to send his son $200.
I asked him to video chat me to see if he was really who he say he is and of course he tried to tell me some bogus story about how his job wouldn't allow him to. I googled the name and I saw your post.. Wow I'm so glad I followed my first mind to do more research on him.. The name he is going by now is Earnest Sapphire Stogg on Facebook. Such a same. Wish I could send you a picture of him..

This person is still out there. As soon as I accepted a requested he sent me a private message. Red flags as soon as I got the message. The grammar, the verbiage and the context of the message told me that it was a scam. I reported him on instagram since that’s how I came across him. I also did some research on FB and reported him there as well.

The guy is still acting , now he is on Tinder in Dubai. He requested me to switch into FB messenger and there is dictripancy in his educational college and empty FB profile that make me googling him . So happy to find out about him . He is using the same name Earnest Stogg and his Tinder nick is Saphhire.

Matched with him on Tinder, after 2 messages he requested we switched to Messenger because he "only wanted to talk to me" and had too many female messages on Tinder... Red flag #1. Then immediately professing how crazy he was about me from the second he saw my photos (red flag #2) and starting to send overly romantic messages. I played along for fun. Glad I found out about this scammer!

I just want to tell you this girl is a real person supposing he lives in the outskirts of Chicago and he's got always $16,000 off of me my family and friends 4 year so when you got here to Chicago his boss said he flew over playing for was blackmailing him but I had to pay I should forget forget it he said so I can show my wife my friends

Yes he is a scam artist

I received an almost identical email, it reads:

Hello, Thanks for your email.

I am interested to order 10 pieces of 1275 Grover ® Train Horn – 3 horns which cost $625.00 each. Well am recommending a freight company for the pick up of the items and I want you to contact the shippers with the total weight & dimensions of the items and request for freight cost. The delivery address and shipping information is below:

Delivery Address:- Mrs. Linda Rose Sterrenbergweg 40, 4001 BT Soesterberg, The Netherlands Shipping Company's Information Name: Rapid Shippers Inc Contact Name: Carl Gibbs Primary Contact Email: Rapidshippingus@ 

Try to send me a copy of what you will send to the freight company... Kindly include the place of pick-up location and they will surely get you a freight quote. Immediately you hear from them you go ahead and email me back with the total cost of the transaction so that I can proceed payment with my Credit Card. Hope to hear back from you. Best Regards

Do not use www. almacenaronline. es it`s scam. We just lost our USD200 paying with Debit card for a watch that never got delivered.

You can help law enforcement by reporting this to The information you give will go into a secure database that law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

Man by name of Rick Keefer texted my business number claiming to need AC systems installed once delivered to x address. Only deal is, that they need me to charge the delivery drivers fee on their credit card and then I need to send money to delivery driver's bank account. The delivery fee is $2000, plus my installation fee. Supposedly, once they get their money the delivery driver will deliver AC system for me to install. Have heard this scam before but just wanted to make it known.

I got the same email from Alan Looker! The following is the Email our business received

Hello, Thanks for your email.I am interested to order 2 pieces of P614 Iznik Tile Panel | Tree of Life which cost $4,200.00 each. Well am recommending a freight company for the pick up of the items and I want you to contact the shippers with the total weight & dimensions of the items and request for freight cost. The delivery address and shipping information is below: Delivery Address:- Mrs. Linda Rose Sterrenbergweg 40, 4001 BT Soesterberg, The Netherlands Shipping Company's Information Name: Rapid Shippers Inc Contact Name: Carl Gibbs Primary Contact Email: Rapidshippingus @ Mail. Try to send me a copy of what you will send to the freight company... Kindly include the place of pick-up location and they will surely get you a freight quote. Immediately you hear from them you go ahead and email me back with the total cost of the transaction so that I can proceed payment with my Credit Card. Hope to hear back from you. Best Regards,

here is a scammer offering jobs in UK From: Global Passage Construction Limited < info @ globalpassageconstruction. com> Please take precaution!

Hi.. is this company fraud?

Never buy anything from englishtaobao .net they are just stealing your money and never reply or ship anything

How can anyone fall for these scams. Never give your ss# or bank acct. # to anyone. Ever

m a college student, just turned 19 today, October 17, 1998. Last week sometime I was filling out loan applications online, and I got a text message basically telling me that I got approved for a loan 1,000-10,000. I called back, and basically went through with the whole process. He told me that he would put money into my account and I would have to buy gift cards from Walmart, and send him pictures of the number on back of the cards.
Somehow he got my user name and password for my bank account, and created fake checks and put them into my bank account. I got a text message from him today, telling me I need to call my bank and get the hold took off my account so the money can clear out, at this point, I’m still following his directions. I called my bank and they basically told me that in order for him to deposit the money into my account, he had to have my user name and password, I really don’t remember giving him that information, because he never asked for it. what should I do? I have all the emails.

Avoid number 6147498961 they go by Angie hayward in Columbia Ohio but have giving a overseas banking information in to Uk. England, I looked up on skydialer and name of owner of that number is cliff. They have asked a person to send money to them , this person doesn’t realize they are being scammed they have bipolar very bad and don’t Comprehend what’s going on this scammer is on hangout
And they wanted the person to cash a check for them and send it to Michael’s house they didn’t but still don’t believe Micheals house if you google it is a Drug abuse Rehabilitation center . There are scammers but I believe this is much bigger and very smarter

There is a new (once again scam artist, very possibly part of a Nigerian syndicate) name that women must avoid via Facebook. His name is "Mario Jeffrey". Starts with love notes immediately.

MM Finacial Experts are a massive scam. I requested a withdrawal from MMFinance. 5 days later the request was stoppped and all of my capital ($18,000.00 was traded. I cannot now log into my account and no one will respond to my emails. Do not give this scam company any of your money you will not see it again.

romance scammer/siad engineer anthony harrison looking for money for his lawyer in Ankara turkey.

Thanks and will go to econsumer after posting this. Scams abound and with the net and internet shopping and shipping, you have got to be alert especially when the website you are on looks so okay.But you find out, after they post your invoice which doesn't read like what you thought it would, but hundreds of dollars more for 'shipping' which they said would be for free. Looking for a small diode to fix the microwave, and wee item, and found for just under five dollars US. In your fine state of Wisconsin, found a shipping order company, and decision to go with that when said a good deal on shipping, oops! I see it in the BBB now, after the bank alerted but did not receive the please stop payment, and now must wait and go through process. And so for time being, out almost 300 dollars, a few weeks from Christmas. Just posting this as no, our story has not concluded, but see by BBB entry for this company well not for the precise company but the person running it, as he has another company, and this company is just a domain name basically, so this person has almost 300 dollars of our money to play with until we go thru the process and return and such. Reported to our fraud centre up here, but even when things look so okay on a website and professional, you can never know. Anyway, just putting this here as it is yes international. It is too bad as there are so many good and ethical companies dealt with in sending parts and parcels and such, only takes a few bad apples. What will it take to make this type of thing a thing of the past so people can with great confidence purchase online? I don't know, but in future, I hope my Toolman just goes out and buys a new microwave! We could actually have, with what we are out. Be careful out there, and will follow up if I can remember to do so. Thank you for all the work you do and carry on. Thank you.

Ive been in an online romance and this man says hes very well off and wants to come and see me and hes bringing his money from his account.He says he hired a security company and needs 6500 for the inspection stamp to fly with it and not be detained! He is traveling with a large sum with it just being in a briefcase with a lock? I say why didn't you pay for it out of the money you have? I got a story that he didn't have a key and the company had it when he reached his destination.I ask " why would a security company not have a master key?It sounds like a scam to me.I haven't found any information about an inspection stamp! I could use some input on this?

Obviously he is a liar! I sure hope you didn't fall for it because it is clear you know better or you wouldn't be here asking for input! If you proceeded to let him scam you I feel sad that you would cross your own boundaries, know better & gut feelings for male companionship. These guys are looking for women who do exactly that. Please tell me you have enough self respect that you didn't send him ANY money!

Recently had a lady contact my husband via Twitter, she claims that she is 60yrs old and dying of lung cancer. She wants to give him $20million due to the fact that she is a widow with no children or family to share her inheritence,from her late husband. She goes by the name Florence Oliver. She has requested that he tell no one and that she has contacted her bank to release the said funds to my husband and before doing so must give the bank his personal info one in particular: his passport. The funds are located in South Africa. And she claims she lives in the UK and is in stage 3 cancer therefore unable to speak. We know for certain this is a scam. She approached my husband in a godly manner, like seriously? She obviously does not know God like my husband and I. God gives his children the gift of discernment. Shame on this person to use a goday former.

watch out for Gen andrew leslie asking people for $1000 to get a certificate and sending the money western union or money gram claiming it has 2,000,000 that once you have the cerfificate will be delivered to your door and you get 29% and he gets the rest

I want to ask about international transaction, how we can detect if its a scammer?

Stay away from delightprints. com China based company that sales clothing. Ordered over a month ago with no reply. Or

You can report this to the FTC at The information you give will go into a secure database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I have a news how shipping giant CMA CGM of France handle a 18 million USD bunker case in Malaysia, it's biggest corruption in company history involve the Vice President and top management , So many wrong doing was done by them to get this 18 million USD claim, one of them is hiding to safe his life from the mob. Things involve, hack into system from around the world, bribe for information, miss use of power.

Can you tell if you know of a scammer from Germany pretending to buy gold and is an online dating scam. I need a heads up on this one. thanks

Hello, Three years ago I searched for some help or information on trouble shooting of my HP printer and was notified that my computer was infected. I was made to feel threatened and they could fix my problem. After some strange contacts with them I realized this was a scam and they did not work for HP. Ever since then especially these past few months I am getting phone calls announcing my computer is infected. I have an anti-virus from Norton installed. I have received emails with the same message but they seem very unprofessional, ending with "god bless" and this evening received a message by phone that sounded quite threatening posing as Revenue Canada. When I called back I spoke to the man who had an Indian accent and said that I don't believe he is from Revenue Canada and that I would not give any personal information. Also I have no problem with my taxes(for sure) and that any comments or requests are always done by mail. He then said that I have overpaid my taxes and have a refund of $1000. They are frauds. their number is : 1 226 215 0211. Please stop these posing frauds.

I have been defrauded by 2 people and threatened if I don't supply the money where I am staying will be bombed
I need to get back my money I have all information and who collected it through Western union and money gram
I was staying at my brother in lawsome home and did not want anything to happen to him and his family somebody help they have to go to jail.I have their phone numbers

If you are worried about your personal safety, contact a local law enforcement agency.

If you lost money to a scammer between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 and you paid by Western Union, you can file a claim to get money back. You must file a claim by February 12, 2018. Go to to start the process. The FTC page explains how to file your claim.


I was approached by someone who was supposed to be a marine and send them money to get home as he has a son here and thought that he was coming honme to me as a husband but after 5000. 00 d0llars nothing just wanting more.

Avoid uTrader at all costs. They are masters at harassment. They call a sometimes 20 times per day from revolving numbers. Today the representative said to me: "I'm going to call you until you die."

Omg!!! That is threatening & scary!!!


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